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Number of Pages: 151
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1994
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 X .5 (inches)|
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A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.
For all who ask, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination of a known way and safe passage, this work will inspire and guide each time it is read.
"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review
BobPMadison, NCAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding!December 12, 2013BobPMadison, NCAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book to re-read and keep on my shelf, but I was moved to give it to an Orthodox friend as I enthusiastically recounted my own experience after my first read! This is a life-altering reflection, worthy of re-reading from time to time. Thank you Nouwen! I will be ordering a few more to share, and one to keep!!!
ValerieAustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointedJune 4, 2012ValerieAustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I was disappointed with this product as I did not realise it was made to look like an old book.
Claris SkerrittBronx, NYAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Execllent dipiction of the Christian LifeFebruary 21, 2012Claris SkerrittBronx, NYAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Christian we are the Father/Mother that even though humiliated by children still continues to care and love them and is always ready to welcome them back into the fold not looking on their faults as a reproach. Yet as the one who stayed at church would realize the fruit are our for the asking and taking.
Lynda Leastern NCAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Are not all adults prodigal sons?December 15, 2011Lynda Leastern NCAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Truly special book by one of my favorite delineators of the spiritual life. Nouwen bares his own soul in this book, more than in some of his other works. As a meditation and interpretation of Rembrandt's famous painting, it can be very moving to read. Worthwhile in the highest degree.
Nana MoAuckland, New ZealandAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Profound.October 17, 2011Nana MoAuckland, New ZealandAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every Henri Nouwen book causes me to see my Lord, myself and my faith with new spiritual eyes. I find I must read them very slowly, stop and consider certain passages, then read again. Finally I must have the book on my shelf, so that I can refresh myself often from the author's deep love of God and boundless compassion for humanity. This review will serve for every one of his books.
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